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What If You Couldn’t Drive?
By Beth Baker
What If You Couldn’t Drive?
If you couldn’t drive, how would you get around? Depend on family or friends every time you wanted to get out of the house? Call a cab? Take the bus? “Honestly, a lot of us can’t wrap our minds around the possibility that someday we won’t be able to pop into our cars and drive…
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10 Top Diet Hacks for Boomers
By Maureen Callahan
10 Top Diet Hacks for Boomers
As health experts frequently say, small changes can lead to big results. So here’s a quick round-up of 10 practical diet tweaks for fiftysomething eaters, strategies that are geared toward slowly reshaping meals to help better manage everything from blood pressure and blood sugar to weight and vision: 1. Ditch the low-protein breakfast cereal. Is…
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What You Need to Know About Strength Training
By Linda Melone, CSCS
What You Need to Know About Strength Training
The key to a longer life may be as simple as lifting weights, according to a new analysis of older adults which showed twice-weekly strength training resulted in lower odds of dying. In fact, the odds of death for any reason was 46 percent lower in those who trained with resistance compared to those who did not.…
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How the ‘Divorce Mortgage’ Could Help Older Homeowners
By Richard Eisenberg
How the ‘Divorce Mortgage’ Could Help Older Homeowners
Coming soon to a bank near you: the divorce mortgage? If so, this could be a welcome development for older homeowners who want to stay in their houses or condos after a marital breakup but don’t have the cash to do so. According to a recent article in the British newspaper, The Telegraph, some lenders…
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6 Side Effects of Exercise That May Not Be Normal
By Linda Melone, CSCS
6 Side Effects of Exercise That May Not Be Normal
You expect to sweat during a hard cardio workout or to feel your heart pick up its pace, and maybe your muscles become a little sore afterward. But sometimes your body does something unexpected. You shake, feel dizzy or otherwise experience a physical symptom that seems out of the ordinary. Should you worry — or…
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3 Reasons to Have Friends Younger Than You
By Stephen L. Antczak
3 Reasons to Have Friends Younger Than You
I travel in circles most people my age don’t. I’m a nontraditional adult student in college, a runner who takes part in everything from 5Ks to marathons and a sci-fi writer who makes appearances at two or three sci-fi conventions a year. Because of these activities, I find myself interacting quite a bit with people…
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4 Ways to Ensure Your Work Skills Are Up-to-Date
By Kerry Hannon
4 Ways to Ensure Your Work Skills Are Up-to-Date
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for job seekers over 50 is having the right skills to meet a prospective employer’s needs. Last summer, I testified at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing about older workers (I wrote about it for Next Avenue) and offered a recommendation to help these applicants: let’s get additional…
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The Dangerous Side Effects of Acid Reflux Drugs
By Leah Ingram
The Dangerous Side Effects of Acid Reflux Drugs
When Alison Huck of Shrewsbury, Mass., had a persistent cough in 1999, she thought she had pneumonia. She was actually diagnosed with reflux (sometimes called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD) and given a prescription for omeprazole 20 mg, twice a day, which the 50-year-old has taken religiously ever since. Omeprazole is more commonly know as…
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Retirement Life: Women and Men Do It Very Differently
By Richard Eisenberg
Retirement Life: Women and Men Do It Very Differently
Imagine you’re about to retire. Clean slate, free days. What will you do with yourself? The answer depends, in large part, on whether you’re a woman or a man. That’s my reading of the fascinating new TIAA Voices of Experience 2016 survey of 1,583 retirees who’d participated in retirement plans offered by the financial services…
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How to Enjoy Sex When You Have Arthritis
By Barb DePree, M.D.
How to Enjoy Sex When You Have Arthritis
As we age, few of us escape periodic — or not-so-periodic — joint pain. While it may be possible to work around occasional pain and stiffness in a knee or elbow, arthritis that is constantly painful and potentially debilitating can make everyday activities newly challenging. When replacing the cap on the toothpaste requires effort, having…
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